Burke County Public Schools
SAT scores for the Burke School System surpass both the North Carolina and national averages.
Western Piedmont Community College
Near Drexel, Western Piedmont is part of the North Carolina Community College System, rated first in the nation for industry support and training. The New and Expanding Industry Training Program offers customized, free training to new and expanding industries. The Focused Industrial Training Program provides ongoing training to local companies at a very low cost.
Lenoir-Rhyne College, a co-educational, private liberal arts institution founded in 1891, is located in nearby Hickory. Lenoir-Rhyne offers a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, language, religion, and natural sciences. Lenoir-Rhyne enrolls approximately 1,500 students from across the country and around the world.